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Still a new car, and want to keep it that way. Somehow my wife and I must have parked someplace with fresh asphalt, both front rubber floor mats were coated with tar. What a job, mineral spirits is all that would work. Still some dots here and there, but said forget about those. Least the original floor mats and carpeting were clean.

Rest of the interior just need a good wipe down. Used ArmorAll on the plastic, and a leather polish and conditioner on the leather, interior really sparkles now.

Then the exterior. Like a couple of months ago, body was loaded with that rusty tar spots all over, believe the cause of that is using ground up old tires with the steel bits still left in. That was miserable to remove, but didn't find any of that this time. Front end was loaded with red spots on a white car, smashed insects. Get that on all my vehicles, but for some reason, really miserable to remove these off the Cruze. The paint on my Supra or Cavalier is like hard glass, paint on the Cruze feels soft and porous, can only bend down so long, went back to the front about five times with constant soaking and Turtle car wash to try and soften those up. After that was the waxing.

Did notice light scratches on the door sills, more than likely caused by tiny stones that stick to your shoes. Never occurred to me that the Cruze does not come with door sills. As my memory is going to pot, opened the doors on my Supra and Cavalier, they have door sills. Where are the door sills on the Cruze? Just bare body paint! Got out my tape measure and was looking for a piece of embossed rubber 2 by 24" without any luck I could glue down.

So did a net search from anywhere from 22 bucks on ebay with adhesive hold down to 505 bucks from my Chevy dealer. Not being a big spender, just ordered the 22 buck ones with free shipping from Hong Kong, just to protect the paint. Really don't care if they light up or not.

Also found one tiny paint nick on one of the rocker panels, where and how did that get there? Recalled when I got my 2004 Cavalier new, GM included a pencil like paint touch up, still have it, never used it. But nothing like that with the Cruze, so will have to try to find some touch up paint. Other than that, looks like a brand new car again. Can't tell after all that work how I will hate to take it out again. Its a dirty world out there.

Would appreciate any suggestions for removing insects, never had this problem before
 

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I use WD-40 on the car mats to remove tar and I will also a wet warm towel and just let it sit on the dead insect for a few then wipe clean. This way the water will soften the insect after a few without having to rub. I will also use WD-40 to remove the insects and at the same time use it for any outside tar around the lower panels. It also will leave a coating behind for future problems. I have use WD-40 for many yrs it is cheaper to buy then the Bug-Tar removers out there and work much better. :)
 

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I try and keep the front clean as best as i can. If they bake onto the front there a pain in the ass to get off. Driving during the day isn't so bad, if i know i'll be night driving i also know i'll be washing the front the next day.

I went into the dealership to get a paint stick for my car, was happy with the 9.99 price tag until he looked up my Vin to get the exact one and found out that the reds are 39.00, and all the rest are 9.99. Hoping you don't have a red car.
 
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Get angry with that Rustoleum epoxy paint I put on my floor, can't breath and chips off like crazy. That was a major job using lots of hydrochloric acid to clean the floor. So ignore that.

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But if I take the car out of my garage, it will get dirty again, LOL.
Nice job! Ditto on the crappy floor epoxy...mine is peeling too. I think I'll tile my garage once I build up the ambition to get it done.
 

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But if I take the car out of my garage, it will get dirty again, LOL.
Car looks great. But so true about how short they look good. My driveway is 1,000 feet long, and gravel. We have not had any rain in weeks, so even creeping from the house to the road creates a dust storm. So a clean car only lasts to the end of the driveway, but I will wash again tomorrow afternoon.

Interesting, wife suggested tile also, question is, what type of tile to use?
Google "interlocking garage floor tiles" and get out your checkbook. ;)
 

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Sometimes just want to say the heck with it, wonder how it will be to clean those rubber based tiles when they put these sticky stones on the roads.

Built a home on a crushed granite road, township said it was due to be paved. Then the energy crisis started, gas prices skyrocketed, but the money from the gas tax stopped to our township. Couldn't even buy crushed granite a buck a yard. Road grader, was just sliding mud back and forth

If that wasn't bad enough, price farm land was assessed at 200 bucks an acre, suddenly that ran up to 1,500 bucks per acre driving a bunch of nice family clean farmers out of business, couldn't afford the taxes any more. But somehow Land O' Lakes purchased those farms and could make a nice big fat profit off of it. Not sure why we didn't use our guns to fight this. They were using chemicals like crazy making my kids sick, just sold our place at a huge loss and got the heck out of there.

What's happening to our country? Could build nice roads with a nickel a gallon gas tax, like the entire interstate system, can't even plow them at 55 cents a gallon today.

Not really too far off topic, just trying to keep your new Cruze clean.
 
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